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The Efficacy and Cost Effectiveness of Preoperative and Postoperative Cryotherapy in Proximal Tibia Fractures (ARCTIC CAT)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01104831
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Inadequate recruitment.)
First Posted : April 16, 2010
Last Update Posted : May 8, 2017
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

Consenting patients with proximal tibia fractures will be randomized to 10 degree or 21 degree cryotherapy sleeves. Time to discharge and complications will be monitored.

Primary outcome measure: Cost of Treatment (based on length of stay) Secondary outcome measures: Satisfaction/pain relief and narcotic requirement

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Proximal Tibia Fracture Device: Cryotherapy Device: Room temperature cuff Phase 3

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Efficacy and Cost Effectiveness of Preoperative and Postoperative Cryotherapy in Proximal Tibia Fractures
Study Start Date : April 2010
Primary Completion Date : August 2012
Study Completion Date : November 2012

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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: 21 degree Cooling
Room temperature water circulated through cryotherapy sleeve.
Device: Room temperature cuff
sleeve with room temperature water placed over fracture site.
Active Comparator: 10 degree cooling
Cooled water circulated through a cryotherapy sleeve.
Device: Cryotherapy
cooled sleeve placed over fracture site.

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cost [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. VAS Pain Score [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]
  2. Narcotic Requirements [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Skeletally mature
  • Trauma patients with single-system musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Proximal tibia fractures treated with open reduction and internal fixation.
  • Unilateral proximal tibial injuries.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous ipsilateral knee surgery
  • Upper extremity injuries impairing mobilization
  • Pre-existing ipsilateral neurologic condition or acute ipsilateral neurologic injury
  • Associated injuries impairing mobilization
  • Suspected or confirmed compartment syndrome
  • Open fractures
  • Patients previously on narcotics
  • Patients with impaired sensorium Concurrent head injury Intoxication
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01104831

Canada, Manitoba
Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3A 1R9
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Manitoba
Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation
Orthopedic Trauma Association
Principal Investigator: Jesse A Shantz, MD, MBA University of Manitoba
More Information

Responsible Party: Jesse Shantz, University of Manitoba
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01104831     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: B2009:035
First Posted: April 16, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 8, 2017
Last Verified: April 2011

Keywords provided by University of Manitoba:
Tibial Plateau Fracture

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fractures, Bone
Tibial Fractures
Wounds and Injuries
Leg Injuries